The Secret to Great Skin

by January 30, 2012
filed under Life

I’ll give you a hint: it’s not a secret at all. You probably have some in your bathroom right now…

No? Ok, well it’s sunscreen. Doctors, the media, our parents have all drummed this sunscreen into our heads throughout childhood. Our atmospheric protection isn’t what it used to be when I was a child in the 1990′s and the heavyweight of sunscreen was the SPF30. That reigning champion has been broken by insane amount of UV rays that our skin is taking in regularly; a day at the beach requires a minimum of SPF50.

Not only does sunscreen protect you from common forms of skin cancer – which is not a fair price for a great tan – but it also decreases the formation of fine lines around your eyes, mouth and forehead. In the summer, when wearing foundation is a hot, sticky mess of an option you can still protect your face from the sun’s rays with a moisturizer that contains SPF coverage. Most moisturizers don’t come in a higher SPF than 15, so if you’re going to be spending an entire day in the sun, you should either bring the sunscreen, or wear a hat.

It may take a bit of experimentation to find the right moisturizer to protect your skin. Your skin is as unique as your fingerprints, you will know when you’ve found the right one because your skin will be soft but not greasy. We also suggest you try brands that range in price as well, many moisturizers are made with the same ingredient combinations and producers rely on their branding efforts to sell at a higher price. So buy the product, not the name.

Protecting your skin from the sun is just as important during Canadian winter months as it is in the summer. In the Northern Hemisphere, we’re actually closer to the sun than we are during the summer. That, coupled with high volumes of reflective snow, means that our UV intake is a lot more than we think it is. A day of skiing can be just as brutal on your skin as a hot summer day at the beach, so make sure you have at least some SPF covering your silky skin.

Sounds like Mom was right about this, hey?

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